Toxic swede truth demanded

Dairy cows grazing swede on a Southland farm.

A Southland farmer whose herd was severely affected after eating toxic swedes last year, said he just wants the truth.

'Mootel' investment pays off

Tony Allcock  says his cow barn has given him a 25 per cent lift in production this season.

Building a cow barn has allowed Tony Allcock to better feed his herd, control his environmental footprint and protect his pastures.

MP 'd***heads' comments

CHESTER BORROWS: Lambastes health and safety inspectors for enforcing "bull****" rules.

National MP incures wrath of Labour MP for his criticism of health and safety rules around quad bikes.

Which firewood is best?

Cut your firewood in spring or early summer so it gets at least 6-9 months to dry out.

Five of the best firewood trees and tips on how to store and dry wood.

Commitment the key for Tim

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says he is as passionate about the dairy industry as ever.

DairyNZ leader says success will come through working hard, doing a great job and taking the initiative.

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opinion

Unhappy farmer still backing Fonterra

Andrew McGiven says farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative  to chase a perceived short term advantage.

OPINION: Farmers risked eroding Fonterra's collective strength if they leave the co-operative to chase a perceived short term advantage.

The end is nigh! No, not quite yet

Doug Edmeades says the old saw is correct: It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.

Difficult decisions ahead as low payout starts to bite

Our Australian neighbours

Fieldays

Fieldays eyes up red meat sector

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder.

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Breaking new ground video

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

dairy

Farmer demands truth over toxic swedes

Dairy cows grazing swede on a Southland farm.

A Southland farmer whose herd was severely affected after eating toxic swedes last year, said he just wants the truth.

Farmer's 'mootel' investment pays off

Building a cow barn has allowed Tony Allcock to better feed his herd, control his environmental footprint and protect his pastures.

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says he is as passionate about the dairy industry as ever.

Commitment the key to success

DairyNZ leader says success will come through working hard, doing a great job and taking the initiative.

advice

Follow up field day

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

Seasonal safety in sights

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Genetics the answer for high quality pasture-fed beef

Gerald and Sue Hargreaves: staunch believers in genetics.

5:00 AM  New Zealand is in serious trouble with its beef industry, according to angus breeder Gerald Hargreaves.

Payback time for beef breeders

NZ's most facial eczema-tolerant recorded perendale sheep share a stud home with beef shorthorns deep in the King Country.

We have the best job in the world, say Sam and Gemma Hain, Gisborne, pictured with daughter Lilla, 5, and son Tom, 2.

'Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family'

"Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family. We have the best job in the world," say a Gisborne farming couple.

Sheep

Les still going strong at 91 gallery

Mandeville dog trialist Les Roughan, 91, with heading dog Flirt.

Les Roughan's ticker is not the best.

Sheep breed celebrates 150 years

Retired farmer Don Reid can remember when 78 English leicester rams left his family's Darfield property on a truck to go out to the stud's many customers.

A new genetic test could stomp out expensive footrot for merino sheep.

Merino farmers close to solving $10m footrot problem

Sheep farmers hope new genetic testing will spell the end of footrot in merinos which is costing them $10m a year.

cropping

Aussie invention wins big

Western Australia farmer and bush engineer Ray Harrington, next to a prototype model of the Harrington Seed Destructor.

An Aussie grower's crushing invention has won a major international award for helping farmers get around weed resistance against herbicides.

Sustainability 'comes from the heart'

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

South Canterbury farmers Warren and Joy Darling and their family celebrate their record barley yield.

Kiwis set world barley yield record

A South Canterbury couple has broken a 25-year-old world record for the highest yielding barley crop after their attempt was confirmed by Guinness World Record authorities.

agribusiness

CSI dog: whodunnit?

Most attacks on livestock will be by dogs living within 200m of you.

5:00 AM  Most attacks on livestock will be by dogs living within 200m of you.

Taranaki trialists make leaderboard

 Two Taranaki competitors are on the leaderboard after the first day of the South Island Sheep Dog Trial Championships.

Beekeeper Paul Bartrum with his hives at Pleasant Point in South Canterbury.

Still in the beekeeping game after 40 years

5:00 AM  Beekeeping runs in the family for Paul Bartrum.

Discovery

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

Researchers Professor Louis Schipper (foreground) and Jack Pronger on the farm test site in Waikato.

Carbon counting is big job

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

rural women

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Video

Signs of success

Deafradio helps deaf community access information through innovative technology use.

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